There are 20 species of Armadillos in the world as we know today. Armadillo is Spanish for “little armoured one”. The Nine-banded Armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus, is the most common, spreading from South America into Kansas in the United States. (National Geographic, 2010) They are most closely related to the Anteater and Sloth, and are said to look like rabbits without its armour.
The armour of the Armadillo is made up of small plates of bones and covered by a later of horny skin.
Armadillos defend themselves by either:
▪︎Curling itself into a ball, with the exception of the Nine-banded Armadillo, which only defends itself by wedging its feet deep into the soil and grabbing it so that the surrounding armour touches the ground
▪︎Running swiftly into thorny bushes where its armour will protect it. (Ever Wonder, 2002) Solid Defence – Armadillos | Blogging about animal behaviour (2010).
They are so cute. Congratulations, I think in these times, cats and dogs are helping us in many ways, for sure. And kittens are completely crazy, just enjoy their folly!After a 15 year hiatus, we finally adopted a couple of kittens. They are sisters, and just do everything together. Being kittens they get up to all sorts of mischief but they really are the sweetest little things. Had forgotten how much joy having 2D friends can bring.
Coconut OctopusThe coconut octopus is usually 3 inches (8 centimeters) long, extending to 6 inches (15 centimeters) long including the arms which usually feature light colored suckers to contrast with the overall dark colors of the rest of the octopus.
Though named for their use of coconuts as tools for defense, the coconut octopus can also use clam shells, depending on their size. Although further research is recommended, scientists believe that this species may suffer from the effects of heavy fishing, which could include habitat destruction or bycatch from fisheries targeting other species.
Fun Facts About Coconut Octopuses
1. Believed to be one of only two octopuses capable of bipedal locomotion, which means moving by two limbs similar to how human beings walk.
2. Adults usually die shortly after reproduction.
3. Females lay about 100,000 eggs about 3 mm long.
4. Embryos hatch as small as plankton and remain that small for some time before growing into adults.
5. Coconut octopuses will often carry and use trash as their protective tool.